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Review: 2008 Dodge Viper SRT-10 [w/VIDEO]

Next January's Detroit Auto Show will mark the 20th anniversary of the Viper's debut as a concept. Back then, every car in Chrysler's lineup was still derived from the K-Car. The K-cars saved Chrysler from the jaws of bankruptcy, but an executive named Lutz decided the automaker needed a new halo car to generate some excitement as a new decade dawned. Another old guy named Carroll Shelby was sprucing up Daytonas and Omnis at the time, so they decided to revive an idea from earlier in his career. Together they created a minimalistic two-seater with a humongous engine that became an instant... Read More

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    Motorsports: SRT pulling Vipers out of Le Mans
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    Last year, Chrysler campaigned a pair of SRT Viper GTS-Rs in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. It was the first time Auburn Hills had sent a team to the famous French endurance race since 2000, when the Viper ended a three-year winning streak in the GTS class. It finished in 24th and 31st places, woefully behind the Porsche 911 RSR that won the LMGTE Pro category. ...

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    Report: SRT Viper plant idled over slow sales [UPDATE]
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    The SRT Viper is taking an extended production break later this spring while the factory copes with low demand and gears up for the 2015 model year. Chrysler will idle the Conner Avenue Assembly Plant from April 14 to June 23, and 91 employees there will be laid off during that time. Sales have been slow so far this year, with just 91 Vipers sold in the ...

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    Review: 2014 SRT Viper GTS
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    My boyhood shelves were packed with all sorts of toys, but my favorites were miniature diecast cars. Even though I'd spend hours building challenging gravity tracks for the smallest and sleekest of the bunch, my prized vehicles were not scaled-down production models. Instead, I preferred to daydream about the fascinating showcars and fictitious models ...

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    Report: What's the deal with Chrysler demanding colleges crush their Vipers? [w/video]
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    Students and teachers at a Washington community college are up in arms following an order from Chrysler that it must destroy the pre-production Dodge Viper that was donated to the school's automotive technology program ten years ago. The Viper in question is said to be the fourth off the production line, based on its VIN, and has had its emissions ...

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    Detroit: SRT Viper looks venomous in Stryker Green
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    Back when the Viper wore the Dodge name, the car had a color palette that was as ostentatious as its exterior design. After launching the new Viper with relatively mellow colors like red, silver, black and white, SRT has since introduced eye-catching hues like TA Orange and Matte Black. The next color up for the Viper is the new Stryker Green debuting at ...

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    Video: Watch this Dodge Viper get clawed to death
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    There's a scene in the James Bond movie, Casino Royale, where Daniel Craig's Agent 007 is captured by villain Le Chiffre, played by Mads Mikkelsen. Le Chiffre tortures Bond in a scene that is rather difficult to watch (especially for blokes) and impossible to describe on these digital pages (Google at your own risk). This video is the automotive ...

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    Report: NHTSA closes the book on Dodge Viper probe
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    Whether it's a Dodge or an SRT, there's little question that a Viper is a whole lot of car to control. With 10 cylinders driving the rear wheels and a limited willingness to suffer fools, the occasional crash is bound to happen. But what if those crashes were the fault of the car itself, and not the driver? That's the issue which Chrysler and the ...

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    Auctions: eBay Find of the Day: 1994 Dodge Viper RT/10 with 504 miles
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    It's typically hard to find early examples of the Dodge Viper that haven't been crashed or modified, but one eBay seller has a showroom-fresh version of the V10 roadster up for sale worthy of an eBay Find of the Day. With just 504 miles on the odometer (according to the description and not the images) and "no defects at all," this 1994 Viper is a rare ...

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    Report: Gilles blames slow Viper sales on poor dealer ordering, says order books are full
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    Since it hit the market with a bang, the SRT Viper has mainly soldiered on making nothing more than a whimper. Demand for the reborn, V10-powered rocket has struggled, although SRT boss Ralph Gilles remains committed to the slinky serpent, according to a report from Wards. "The plant is booked solid. We actually have several hundred units outstanding we ...

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    Official: 2014 SRT Viper GTS gets even more lux with Anodized Carbon Special Edition Package
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    The 2014 SRT Viper is already a rare and special vehicle, but Ralph Gilles & Co. are looking to create even more excitement for the car with limited-edition models. Only 165 souls will be lucky enough to park a Viper TA in their driveway, but less than a third of that number will have the honor of laying their $100,000+ down on this new new Viper GTS ...

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    First Drive: 2014 SRT Viper TA
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    SRT CEO Ralph Gilles could have been detailing his brand's top-secret plans for the next five years, or taking potshots at the Corvette for all I knew. I was only about 10 feet away from Gilles as he was telling a small group of assembled media something or other about the history of the Viper – just now enriched with this "Time Attack" TA model ...

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    Report: 2013 SRT Viper suffering from sales slump?
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    Nobody has ever accused the all-new 2013 SRT Viper of being slow, but even with the rebounding economy the high-performance coupe seems to be suffering from slow sales out of the gate. According to Automotive News, the Viper has sold 426 units since it went on sale in February with an additional 565 unsold units sitting around in dealer inventory, which ...

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    Video: eGarage interviews a couple with 65 Vipers
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    Owning multiple vehicles can be a hassle worth enjoying if you're willing to spend the time and the money required to acquire and maintain them. But when it's hard to make ends meet while underused valuable hunks of metal, plastic and rubber sit happily taking up garage space, journeys into the depths of other people's well-developed automotive obsessions ...

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    Read This: Chrysler 'at war' with world's largest Viper club?
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    The situation was bound to boil over at some point. Grumblings from former and current members of the Viper Club of America, and letters sent from Chrysler to VCA president Lee Stubberfield, allege that the non-profit club is being run illegally as a for-profit business, Jalopnik reports. The trouble reportedly started in 2007, when VCA member and former ...

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    Official: SRT Viper GT3-R is ready to kick racetrack butt
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    This weekend, SRT Motorsports will be focused on returning to the 24 Hours of Le Mans with the Viper GTS-R, but that doesn't mean it isn't looking a bit further down the road. While the GTS-R is the factory-backed racecar running at Le Mans and in the America Le Mans Series, SRT is also preparing to introduce this new Viper GT3-R for private race teams to ...

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    Featured: I sold my Viper, but the memories I'll keep
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    The following is written by auto industry veteran Tom Kowaleski. The words are his own, but the memories now belong to everyone thanks to his willingness to share. If you're an industry veteran with a story to share, contact us at tipsATautoblogDOTcom. It became the flame that started the fire of belief in the next life of Chrysler. I just sold a ...

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    Auctions: eBay Find of the Day: Viper Defender from '90s TV show
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    As car lovers, it's always hard to find a good television show with decent cars, but what the 1990s show Viper lacked in acting, scripting and plot, it more than made up for with cool cars. For starters, the lead car was a Dodge Viper RT/10, but, on screen, it was able to morph into its "Defender" mode making it an armored coupe with a full arsenal of ...

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    Report: NHTSA launches investigations into Ford Crown Victoria police cars, Dodge Viper and Porsche 911
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    Reuters reports that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating certain Ford Crown Victoria, Porsche 911 and Dodge Viper models for potential defects. NHTSA is currently looking into 2005-2008 Crown Victoria police car models for steering column failures that could cause the upper and lower portions of the steering shaft to ...

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    Video: 2013 SRT Viper spends its days living life a quarter mile at a time
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    There are lots of ways to measure the performance of a car, but there's only one that is quintessentially American: the quarter mile. And while we've already seen a proper comparison test or two that puts the new (and also quintessentially American) SRT Viper on a racetrack, we've yet to see what it can do when put in the hands of a proper drag racer for ...

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    New York: 2014 SRT Viper TA attacks Manhattan [w/video]
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    As if the 2013 SRT Viper GTS hasn't stirred up enough excitement, SRT has created a more specialized version of the car designed to attack any track. On display at the New York Auto Show, the 2014 Viper TA has been enhanced for even better track duty, but production will be limited to just 33 units when it goes on sale later this year. Obvious changes to ...

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